Making Peace with Autism: One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery, and Unexpected Gifts

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Receiving a diagnosis of autism is a major crisis for parents and families, who often feel as if their world has come to an end. In this insightful narrative, a courageous and inspiring mother explains why a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to shatter a family's dreams of happiness. Senator offers the hard-won, in-the-trenches wisdom of someone who's been there and is still there today—and she demonstrates how families can find courage, contentment, and connection in the shadow ...

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Making Peace with Autism: One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery, and Unexpected Gifts

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Overview

Receiving a diagnosis of autism is a major crisis for parents and families, who often feel as if their world has come to an end. In this insightful narrative, a courageous and inspiring mother explains why a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to shatter a family's dreams of happiness. Senator offers the hard-won, in-the-trenches wisdom of someone who's been there and is still there today—and she demonstrates how families can find courage, contentment, and connection in the shadow of autism.

In Making Peace with Autism, Susan Senator describes her own journey raising a child with a severe autism spectrum disorder, along with two other typically developing boys. Without offering a miracle treatment or cure, Senator offers valuable strategies for coping successfully with the daily struggles of life with an autistic child.

Along the way she models the combination of stamina and courage, openness, and humor that has helped her family to survive—and even to thrive. Topics include: the agony of diagnosis, grieving and acceptance, finding the right school program, helping siblings with their struggles and concerns, having fun together, and keeping the marriage strong.

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"This book is as much about the very nature of parenting as it is about autism. The issues Senator raises are issues faced, in some measure, by every family, and she captures the hard work as well as the importance of enjoying life along the way. Making Peace is a book that every parent should read, for it provides tremendous insight into the mind of an autistic person, and is likely to engender compassion and understanding towards individuals with autism spectrum disorder."— Pennsylvania Gazette

"An honest, emotion-filled account of what it is like raising an autistic child, its effects on the family, marriage, and one's own test of strength."—Brookline Tab

“I hope the book succeeds in finding its way onto the bedside tables of many mothers and fathers, teachers and administrators, politicians and doctors. Regardless of whether they have anything to do with autism, they’ll learn a lot about life from Senator, Nat, and their family. What this book shows us about acceptance and love would make the world a far better place."—Timothy Shriver, CEO, Special Olympics

"Families will gain much insight into how one family successfully coped with the challenges of raising an autistic child. Mothers, fathers, and siblings should read this honest account of family life with autism."—Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures and Emergence: Labeled Autistic

"This is a book that every parent and professional working with autistic children should own, read, and reread. These children have such enormous potential in their own way. It is so refreshing that this family sees it too."—Margaret L. Bauman, M.D., associate professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School

"Senator's story reminds us that while there are currently no medical treatments or cures for autism, we must maintain hope."—Karen London, cofounder, the National Alliance for Autism Research

"Senator's common sense approach and courageous journey give readers a practical and entertaining experience."—Doug and Laurie Flutie, cofounders of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.

"This book reaches out to other families in a voice that inspires hope, but without losing realism. The everyday struggles are in the foreground but throughout her positive spirit illuminates a path that will make the journey easier for other families, and will help them feel they are not alone."—Simon Baron-Cohen, M.D., director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University

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Senator, whose writing on autism has appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, shares her firsthand experiences with the disorder by telling the story of her son Nat, who was diagnosed in 1993 at age three. She describes the early indicators of Nat's autism, his social interaction problems with his classmates and two siblings (who are not autistic), his responses to various medications, and the stress placed on the family as a whole. Easy-to-spot text boxes appear throughout providing Senator's helpful hints and tips for working with and relating to an autistic child. Subjects for these boxes include social stories (which she calls "Nat Books"), going on vacations, leaving autistic children with others, and educational planning meetings. A strong entry in the personal narrative subgenre, this compares well with Robert Hughes's Running with Walker and is recommended for all public and academic libraries with autism or education collections. [Trumpeter Books is a new frontlist imprint of Shambhala.-Ed.]-Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590303825
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 500,737
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Senator is the mother of three boys, the oldest of whom has autism. She is the author of Making Peace with Autism, a memoir of her family’s struggles and triumphs. Her writing on autism has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. She has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, Voice of America, and NPR.
 

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Prologue     1
Wondering     7
Now We Know     31
The First School Programs     51
Life with Our Two Small Boys     77
Hitting Bottom     99
A New Baby in the Family     123
Building a Strong Marriage within Autism's Turmoil     139
Handling the Worst of Times     167
Our Most Important Discovery     189
Just a Family     219
Epilogue     241
Acknowledgments     245
A Brief Overview of Treatments and Interventions     247
Glossary: Key Terms Used in the Special Ed System     231
Resources     255
About the Author     259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    As if I wrote it myself...

    This book was wonderful! As a professional and a parent of an autistic child I could not believe my eyes as page after page the comparison between Susan's child and my own remained the same and it seemed as though I was actually writing this book about our life! I also love that Susan took the time to give quick bullet point 'how to'-like comments to help parents in a pinch. My son is 11 and we have been on this journey for a long time. We have a positive outlook for our child who is unique and awesome, but it was nice to hear my story told by someone else going through the same experience! Great book and a must have for all parents with children who are autistic. Thanks Susan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Really rings true

    I, like Ms. Senator, have 3 sons, the oldest with autism. So many of her family experiences mirror my own. It was personally validating for me to read this book. I highly recommend this book.

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